Fall Research Conference


2018 PhD Program Fair


Evidence for Action:
Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

November 8 - 10, 2018  | Washington Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, DC

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.


PhD Policy Program Fair

Friday, 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
Thurgood Marshall North - Mezz Level

Interested in pursuing a PhD? Make connections with institutions offering PhD programs. Representativesfrom the following schools will be onsite to discuss the benefits of their PhD programs. A light lunch will be available.

American University – School of Public Affairs
PhD in Justice, Law and Criminology; PhD in Political Science; PhD in Public Administration and Policy

Our PhD programs put our students in the middle of one the best places to influence change. Here in our nation’s capital, they dive into research that addresses today’s most pressing challenges and produce scholarship with real-world connection and immediate impact.

The doctoral programs are full-time, cohort-based degrees that draw from the breadth and depth of intellectual resources across American University. Their rigorous cross-disciplinary training is rooted in contemporary theory, principles, practices, and research methods in public administration and policy; government and politics; and justice, law, and criminology.


Brandeis University Heller School of Social Policy and Management
PhD in Social Policy

Heller is a top school of social policy that is also home to ten renowned research centers and institutes that cover social areas ranging from disability policy to asset accumulation. In fact all of our sponsored research (of which we had $19 million in 2015) addresses issues of equity. Students partner with center and institute researchers to dig into critical questions when they select a concentration.

Heller PhD students learn to design and conduct policy research in a program with a 100% job placement rate at a top-ten school of social policy. Discover how to generate knowledge that can improve people’s lives and affect structural change. During the course of the program—in which every full-time student receives tuition and stipend support—PhD candidates focus on a specific concentration that most aligns with their long-term interests. Students from all five concentrations attend class together to gain a multifaceted perspective on today's—and tomorrow's—most critical social policy issues. In addition to the coursework, they participate in a doctoral seminar, write an integrative comprehensive paper and successfully defend a dissertation within four to six years.


Claremont Graduate University 
Economics; Education; Evaluation and Applied Research Methods; Politics and Government; Public Health

Collaborative learning across disciplines is a hallmark of CGU. Faculty teach and conduct research across disciplines to look at problems in new ways. You gain insight by taking courses outside your field and even pursue advanced degrees by blending programs. With a purposefully-small median class size of 9, we are able to collaborate, to innovate, to stay current. CGU offers the freedom to tailor your program to target your specific interests and widen your base of expertise. Your curriculum can be designed to best fulfill your intellectual needs and maximize your professional opportunities.

CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields who bring the latest expertise into the classroom and conduct applied research that improves the world. They also work to nurture the next generation of leaders, building close, collaborative working relationships with students to help them develop their own professional reputation while still students.


Florida State University – Askew School of Public Administration and Policy
PhD in Public Administration and Policy

We offer a talented and nationally-regarded faculty, an exciting variety of topics and career tracks to study, and a tremendous group of students that you will join for your studies. Our graduate students are highly diverse and bring outstanding qualifications and experiences to the Askew School. Each year our students attend and present papers at regional and national conferences, and have ranked as highly as third in the nation in their frequency of journal publications.

A research-oriented degree, the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy prepares students for careers in advanced teaching, research, and administration. The curriculum affords the highest level of education in theory and methods. Graduates will be able to move comfortably through academic, governmental, consulting, and research organization in the United States and abroad.


George Washington University – Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Engage in a multidisciplinary approach to develop the range of competencies you will need to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration. The Trachtenberg School’s PhD is designed to help you master subjects in multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research.

The Master of Public Policy Program and the Department of Political Science also offer a dual MPP/PhD. Students receive both an MPP and a PhD in Political Science – students who seek to earn the dual degree must apply to and be accepted by both the Public Policy and Political Science programs.


Michigan State University – Department of Political Science
PhD in Education Policy

The Department’s reputation and impact within the political science community is clearly reflected in the caliber of its doctoral program. Our Ph.D. program prepares students to become active members of the academic political science community. Given the diversity of the discipline, this necessarily encompasses a wide variety of subsidiary orientations. But, MSU’s Political Science faculty have reached a high level of consensus regarding the skills and traits that we would like our Ph.D. graduates to possess.

MSU’s political scientists are highly-productive and widely recognized scholars who publish on a regular basis in top-ranked professional journals and prestigious university presses; they are actively engaged in a range of externally-funded research projects; and they hold prominent leadership positions in major professional organizations.


New York University – Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
PhD in Public Administration

Through theoretical and methodological training, NYU Wagner's doctoral students learn how to produce insights required for effective and equitable public and nonprofit programs and policies. Our program is interdisciplinary, just like our faculty, so students can draw on economics, political science, sociology, psychology, organization studies, and other fields. It is flexible, allowing students to take advantage of the many courses offered at NYU Wagner and NYU's other graduate schools.

We encourage students to study the questions that drive them, while providing the guidance necessary to have the greatest impact. Students have many opportunities to participate in research projects with individual faculty or through our affiliated research centers, as well as opportunities to lead classes as teaching colleagues and instructors.


Northeastern University – School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
PhD in Public Policy

Northeastern’s PhD in Public Policy is a scholarly-focused degree and training program for individuals interested in conducting research in academia or other high-level professional settings such as think tanks, nonprofit organizations, industry, and government. It equips students with the skills to solve issues of pressing concern to society at national and international levels, from health care, sustainability and resilience, to transportation, housing and community development.

Students take core courses on policy, quantitative and qualitative methodology, and research design, andthey specialize in one of three concentrations: Sustainability and Resilience, Urban and Regional Policy, and Health Care Policy and Management. Students, therefore, develop insight, experience, and synergieswhile working with faculty on key research projects or working at any of the School’s research centers.


Ohio State University – John Glenn College of Public Affairs
PhD in Public Policy and Management

Since its inception, the Glenn College has offered a selective, research-oriented doctoral program in public policy and management. This academically rigorous program is preparation for individuals pursuing university careers in teaching and research, and for senior-level research roles in government, consulting, and nonprofit organizations.

A substantial portion of this coursework is concentrated in four core areas of instruction: public policy, analytical foundations and quantitative methods, public sector economics, and public sector organizational theory and management. Students choose a set of elective courses to develop advanced specialized knowledge in a field (or fields) that compliments their core coursework.


Pardee Rand Graduate School
PhD in Policy Analysis

As the original policy Ph.D. program, Pardee RAND Graduate School is unique in American higher education. Founded in 1970 as one of eight graduate programs created to train future leaders in public policy, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is the largest public policy Ph.D. program in the nation.

Students develop the theoretical and applied skills that enable them to tackle hard issues—poverty, national security, justice, health, education, the environment, and more. It's a place to cross the boundaries of disciplines and of sectors (public, private, non-profit)—a place to be intellectually adventurous. And perhaps most importantly, it provides students a chance to make a difference—and maybe even to change the world.


Rutgers University New Brunswick Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
PhD in Planning and Public Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Planning and Public Policy is an advanced scholarly degree appropriate for students seeking a career in university teaching and research or a leadership position in planning and public policy in the public, private or non-profit sector. This program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, and in advanced planning and public policy research in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Bloustein School doctoral students have received a wide variety of awards and fellowships and graduates have obtained senior positions in universities, research centers, governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Diverse disciplines—reflected in the backgrounds of incoming students, in the positions filled by graduates, and in the academic and professional pursuits of the faculty—exemplify the flexibility of the doctoral program. This intentional diversity is central to the key goal of our program: to prepare students to pursue a variety of approaches exploring critical questions in planning and public policy and to shape innovative responses to those questions. The program enables its graduates to competently respond to the social, economic, and political problems and opportunities of our time, to anticipate new and emerging challenges, and to teach others to do the same.


Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
PhD in Public Administration

In a world of increasingly complex problems and resource limitations, there is a need for scholars who are qualified both to train the next generation of professionals for the public service and to expand society's store of knowledge about public management and public policy analysis.

The Maxwell School's Ph.D. Program in Public Administration is designed for full-time residential students interested in scholarly careers as researchers and teachers. Maxwell has one of the oldest doctoral programs in public administration in the country. All aspects of the program are focused on providing students with high quality research and teaching experiences. Doctoral studies in Public Administration provide an interdisciplinary study of public management and public policy analysis.


University at Albany – Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
PhD in Public Administration and Policy; PhD in Political Science

The PhD in Public Administration and Policy program offers students a balance between deep engagement with theory drawn from the primary literatures that inform public administration and public policy research and intensive training in the use of a wide variety of methods, including econometrics, ethnography, computational modeling, system dynamics, and network analysis. We expect our students to emerge from the program with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop theory, test it rigorously, and derive implications that inform practice in the public sector.

The Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany is the only department of Political Science among the State University of New York university centers to offer graduatestudy leading to an MA and PhD in all subfields of the discipline. While each subfield offers a unique approach to research and teaching and a diverse set of faculty experts, all of our subfields collectively focus our program on educating and training students across the various approaches in the discipline of political science as a whole.


University of Central Florida – School of Public Administration 
PhD in Public Affairs

The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs prepares future leaders to deal with complex social, health and governance issues that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The program has a community-based focus with an emphasis on collaborative relationships across the public, private and nonprofit sectors of the community.

The curriculum comprises an interdisciplinary core with advanced studies in one of four tracks: Criminal Justice, Health Services Management and Research, Public Administration or Social Work. Graduates possess the theoretical, analytical and ethical foundation to produce new knowledge that impacts policies and programs and enhances institutional and community performance.


University of Massachusetts at Boston – McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
PhD in Public Policy; PhD in Gerontology; PhD in Global Governance and Human Security

With a commitment to social equity, our students conduct interdisciplinary research and examine policy issues related to economic development, education, immigration, health care, housing and urban affairs, nonprofit organizations, and racial justice.

Small classes promote the personal and intellectual growth of each cohort member. Our graduates seek employment in a wide range of policy areas, from teaching and research to policy change including professional positions in state and local government, community organizations, public and private research firms, and nonprofit agencies.


University of Missouri – Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
PhD in Public Affairs

The Truman School offers small classes, close relationships with faculty mentors, and opportunities to participate in ongoing research. Students gain a rich academic experience on the path to successful and fulfilling careers in public affairs.

Doctoral students take classes and conduct research with faculty from a variety of disciplines in the Truman School and throughout the University of Missouri. Close work with faculty through research assistantships and the dissertation process encourages students to apply varying perspectives to real-world problems and to develop novel ways of addressing issues in public policy and public administration.


University of Texas, Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs 
PhD in Public Policy

The LBJ School’s Ph.D. program has been in place since 1992 and has approximately 35 doctoral students working at various stages of the degree program. Each year, we admit between four and seven new students, of whom approximately one-third are international. We offer a flexible program for those with strong academic and professional success and a passion for research and policy in its many forms.

In addition to our excellent faculty members, all of whom are closely engaged in teaching and research, the LBJ School offers connections to several major research centers in the school with foci ranging from health and social policy, philanthropy, and nonprofit management to international security and politics. Our doctoral students have access to an extensive network of alumni and connections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Our Ph.D. graduates have developed successful careers in academia, think tanks, international organizations, nonprofits, private consulting, policy research institutions, and state and federal government.


University of Texas, Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy; PhD in Political Science; PhD in Public and Nonprofit Management

Our nationally recognized, interdisciplinary PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy degree program offers training opportunities for doctoral students from internationally renowned faculty. The mission of the program is to prepare our students for professional positions in research, teaching, and practice in fields related to public policy and political economy, in both academic and nonacademic settings.

In today's world, public policy, politics, business and the economy are intertwined. The PhD in PPPE allows you to emphasize the integration and application of theory to practice. You will be prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research and to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in public policy, urban affairs, and planning programs. You will also be prepared for demanding analytical and administrative positions in domestic and international research, at policy institutions and in the private sector. The strong analytical and interdisciplinary focus sets this degree apart from others and will distinguish you among the general pool of job applicants.


University of Washington – Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
PhD in Public Policy and Management

Solutions to society's greatest challenges require an interdisciplinary approach and broad and deep understanding of the many factors that shape and drive policy decisions. The Evans School Ph.D. program is a rigorous and rewarding educational experience for those who believe in the necessity of evidence-based, values-driven solutions.

With 40 faculty representing 14 different disciplines, the Evans School provides students with the advantage of being able to examine issues analytically and objectively from a multi-disciplinary perspective. They are thought leaders in producing objective, relevant, and reliable information and analysis to tackle challenges across a wide range of topics.


Virginia Commonwealth University – L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
PhD in Public Policy and Administration

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration prepares students for scholarly and leadership roles in settings including government, higher education and research organizations. Our multi-disciplinary approach means you’ll work with faculty from across our programs and have the chance to specialize in areas including: public policy, public administration, criminal justice policy and urban policy.

All students are encouraged to pursue additional research and training while completing their degree, and those interested in academics careers are encouraged to gain additional teaching experience. Classes are scheduled in late afternoons, early evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of working professionals and full-time graduate students.